The magical tale of ‘Babe, the Sheep-Pig‘ brings the wonder and scale of London’s West End to our stage between 3-5 March, and is sure to be a stunning family treat; especially for the little ones.
The cast and crew behind this inspired production are credited as having worked on some of the world’s greatest shows and graced many of the grandest stages out there – and to top that off they get to step on to ours next!
‘Babe, the Sheep-Pig’ has been adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning playwright David Wood OBE, who is best known for his adaptations of classic family titles including ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’, ‘The BFG’ and ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. David also wrote the book and lyrics for new musical ‘The Go-Between’, currently playing in the West End.
‘Babe, the Sheep-Pig’ is directed by Michael Fentiman, whose productions include ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Titus Andronicus’ (RSC), and ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ (Kensington Gardens); which he co-directed with Rupert Goold.
The residents of Hogget’s Farm will be brought to life on our stage through beautiful hand-crafted puppets, created by award-winning puppet designer Max Humphries (Chief Puppet Designer, Cirque de Soleil) and Dik Downey, with the ensemble cast delivering masterful puppetry by puppetry director Matthew Forbes (Associate Director in Puppetry & Movement, ‘War Horse’).
The cast of actor-musicians features Emma Barclay (‘You Me Bum Bum Train’) as Mrs Hogget, Olivier Award-nominated Nicola Blackman (‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘The Lion King’, West End) as Fly, Oliver Grant (‘War Horse’, National Theatre) as Babe/Sheep and Ben Ingles (‘Romeo and Juliet’, RSC) as Farmer Hogget. The cast also features Claire Greenway (‘Sister Act’, London Palladium), Jacqui Sanchez (‘Shrek the Musical’ and ‘Avenue Q’, West End), Lucy Thomas (‘Bugsy Malone’, Lyric Hammersmith) and Thomas Gibley (Joey in ‘War Horse’).
‘Babe, the Sheep-Pig’ is presented by Tom O’ Connell Productions (‘Million Dollar Quartet’, ‘Hairspray’, UK Tours) and Polka Theatre.
This stunning production is directed by Michael Fentiman with puppetry direction by Matthew Forbes, costume and scenic design by Madeleine Girling, puppet design by Max Humphries and Dik Downey, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by George Dennis and original music by Barnaby Rose. Casting is by David Grindrod Associates.